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Hrisohoidis blamed for inaction

11 January 2010 / 12:01:41  GRReporter
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Still unknown remain the authors of the bombing on Saturday night when unknown perpetrators put an explosive device close to the sentry post of the Greek Parliament. So far no terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police continue to investigate e case and minister Hrisohoidis became subject of sharp criticism in parliament. 

Anti-terrorism experts reported that the explosive device was a "fast" one—in other words it consisted of dynamite and therefore no remnants of the material were found at the explosion site. The device had a clock mechanism and the blast was of medium power. This is why the caused material damage was not significant. The windows of several halls of parliament and the sentry post, were broken. Camera recordings are being examined. According to Mega TV channel the camera, which is located at the place where Vasilisis Sofiyas street and Amaliyas Boulevard merge, shows how two people walk towards the trash can where the bomb exploded, just minutes before the blast. Officers believe it is possible that the man who put the explosive mechanism did not cover his face, in order not to look suspicious.

All Greek politicians have condemned the terrorist act. The attack led to the fierce verbal battle between the Minister of Public Protection and Mihalis Hrisohoidis and the Secretary of New Democracy Panos Panayotopoulos. Minutes after the bomb explosion Panayotopoulos said that Hrisohoidis must leave words aside and finally start acting. Hrisohoidis answered to this attack by saying that Panayotopoulos was part of a government, which was not acting on anything and made accusations against the former ruling party that it governed the country in a "catastrophic" way. Day after the attack Panayotopoulos continues to criticize Hrisohoidis and he even called for PM Papandreou to make strict recommendations to the Minister and personally urged him again not to waste time in arguing with the opposition, but to continue fighting against terrorism and crime with concrete actions. 

The nationalist LAOS President Giorgios Karadzaferis was also quite crude in his criticism towards Hrisohoidis. He said: "I think it's time to arrest some terrorists, not only policemen." 

Recently cases of police violence against citizens increased. During the festive period six policemen were arrested for abuse of their official duties.

Tags: Terrorist attack in Greece Terrorism Athens Bomb in Syntagma
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